New Yorker: Why Facebook Can’t Fix Itself

New Yorker: Why Facebook Can’t Fix Itself. “There are reportedly more than five hundred full-time employees working in Facebook’s P.R. department. These days, their primary job is to insist that Facebook is a fun place to share baby photos and sell old couches, not a vector for hate speech, misinformation, and violent extremist propaganda.”

Vox: Facebook and Twitter said they would crack down on QAnon, but the delusion seems unstoppable

Vox: Facebook and Twitter said they would crack down on QAnon, but the delusion seems unstoppable. “In many ways, any effort to stop QAnon’s rising influence is too late. The theory continues to grow online, in both the number of followers and the strength of its political influence in the Republican Party. The growing political clout of the movement is especially worrisome for misinformation researchers who say QAnon is potentially becoming one of the largest networks of extremism in the United States.”

New York Times: Facebook Tried to Limit QAnon. It Failed.

New York Times: Facebook Tried to Limit QAnon. It Failed.. “The QAnon movement has proved extremely adept at evading detection on Facebook under the platform’s new restrictions. Some groups have simply changed their names or avoided key terms that would set off alarm bells. The changes were subtle, like changing ‘Q’ to ‘Cue’ or to a name including the number 17, reflecting that Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet. Militia groups have changed their names to phrases from the Bible, or to claims of being ‘God’s Army.'”

Mark Zuckerburg: Facebook algorithm isn’t trying to fuel online rage (CNET)

CNET: Mark Zuckerburg: Facebook algorithm isn’t trying to fuel online rage. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says it’s wrong to suggest the social media platform is designed to enrage people. In an interview with Axios on HBO, Zuckerberg admitted that partisan content on Facebook often gets high engagement — such as likes or comments — but said that doesn’t account for everything people are ‘seeing and reading and learning’ about on Facebook.”

TechCrunch: Facebook boots Patriot Prayer, a far-right group with a history of violence

TechCrunch: Facebook boots Patriot Prayer, a far-right group with a history of violence. “Facebook removed accounts belonging to far-right group Patriot Prayer and its leader Joey Gibson on Friday, citing a new effort to eradicate ‘violent social militias’ from the platform. That effort emerged through a policy update in mid-August to the company’s rules around “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations.” Those changes resulted in the removal of a number of groups and pages linked to the pro-Trump conspiracy theory known as QAnon and some militia organizations, as well as groups and pages linked to Antifa, a decentralized left-leaning ideology that opposes fascism.”

Islamic State: Giant library of group’s online propaganda discovered (BBC)

BBC: Islamic State: Giant library of group’s online propaganda discovered. “One of the largest collections of online material belonging to the group calling itself Islamic State has been discovered by researchers at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD). The digital library contains more than 90,000 items and has an estimated 10,000 unique visitors a month. Experts say it provides a way to continually replenish extremist content on the net. But taking it down is difficult because the data is not stored in one place.”

New Zealand Herald: How Facebook, Google algorithms feed on hate speech, rage

New Zealand Herald: How Facebook, Google algorithms feed on hate speech, rage. “Notice how those unsavoury posts liked by some long-forgotten friend always seem to float to the top of your curated social media feeds Wonder how an incitement to violence can stay on your screen for days? What about that infuriating conspiracy that keeps getting forced down your throat According to an Australian digital security researcher, it’s no bug. It’s a feature. It’s a subliminal mechanism designed to extract maximum revenue out of your inbox.”

EurekAlert: ‘Attack Helicopters’ an online sub-culture to watch out for

EurekAlert: ‘Attack Helicopters’ an online sub-culture to watch out for. “While ‘trolls’ have been around almost as long as the Internet, ‘Incels’ are a more recent and distinctly different cyber sub-culture which warrants more study says a QUT researcher. QUT behavioural economist Dr Stephen Whyte has co-authored a new paper which examines data collected during the national online Australian Sex Survey in 2016, a research collaboration with adultmatchmaker.com and the Eros Association.”

The Verge: Facebook chose not to act on militia complaints before Kenosha shooting

The Verge: Facebook chose not to act on militia complaints before Kenosha shooting. “In the wake of an apparent double murder Tuesday night in Kenosha, Facebook has faced a wave of scrutiny over posts by a self-proclaimed militia group called Kenosha Guard, which issued a ‘call to arms’ to in advance of the protest. Facebook took down Kenosha Guard’s Facebook page Wednesday morning, identifying the posts as violating community standards. But while the accounts were ultimately removed, new evidence suggests the platform had ample warning about the account before the shooting brought the group to prominence.”

The Guardian: Google giving far-right users’ data to law enforcement, documents reveal

The Guardian: Google giving far-right users’ data to law enforcement, documents reveal. “A little-known investigative unit inside search giant Google regularly forwarded detailed personal information on the company’s users to members of a counter-terrorist fusion center in California’s Bay Area, according to leaked documents reviewed by the Guardian. But checking the documents against Google’s platforms reveals that in some cases Google did not necessarily ban the users they reported to the authorities, and some still have accounts on YouTube, Gmail and other services.”

Mashable: Police are worried about white extremists organizing on Gab Chat, leaked documents show

Mashable: Police are worried about white extremists organizing on Gab Chat, leaked documents show. “Violent white extremists are sick of getting doxxed on Discord, and will ‘likely’ move their organizing efforts to an encrypted messaging alternative created by Gab, an alt-right favorite. So claims a May 26 law enforcement bulletin leaked, along with 269GB of files from over 200 police departments, in late June by hackers and published by Distributed Denial of Secrets, a journalist organization specializing in the publication of leaked documents.”

The Verge: YouTube bans Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer, and more for hate speech

The Verge: YouTube bans Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer, and more for hate speech. “YouTube has banned several prominent white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer. Other channels banned include American Renaissance (with its associated channel AmRen Podcasts) and the channel for Spencer’s National Policy Institute. The channels repeatedly violated YouTube’s policies, a YouTube spokesperson said, by alleging that members of protected groups were inferior. These come alongside other violations that led to YouTube taking action.”